Whilst the likes of Ronaldo were claimed to have undermined Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid, one up and coming star is full of praise for his former boss.
Lucas Vazquez was given his first chance for Real Madrid by Rafa last season and is now looking at a potential dream double.
After spending a season on loan at Espanyol in 2014/15, the right winger was brought into the Real Madrid first team set-up by Rafa Benitez and ended up making 18 appearance (all competitions) in total.
The season had a spectacular ending for Lucas Vazquez as he replaced Benzema in the Champions League final and played the final 43 minutes, before being one of the successful penalty takers that defeated Atletico Madrid in the penalty shootout.
This helped trigger yet another development, as Vazquez came from nowhere to make the Spain squad for the Euros, making his very first international appearance only last week against Georgia, then sitting on the bench on Monday as Spain defeated the Czech Republic.
Vazquez values the contribution of Rafa Benitez to his success and development, saying that both ‘Zidane and Benitez are great coaches…neither is better than the other’.
Going on to say he is ‘very grateful’ because both Rafa and Zidane ‘trusted’ the winger this season.
Lucas Vazquez reported by AS:
“Winning them both (CL and Euros) in the same season would be amazing, a feat very few have done.
“A month ago I thought at this time I would be on holiday on the beach, but I feel very comfortable and I really want to play. I’m wearing the number nine, which is a number I love.
“Zidane and Benitez are two great coaches. They have different styles and neither is better than the other, each has his methods.
“I am very happy with both because they trusted me and gave me the chance to play. I’m very grateful.
“It is very difficult to get a place (for Real Madrid and Spain) as there are great players on both teams and a deep squad.”